Colorado State University’s Black/African American Cultural Center has planned a month of activities ranging from southern-style meals to a series of speakers addressing different elements of Black culture to celebrate Black History Month. The B/AACC kicked off its celebration of Black History Month with a virtual celebration on Jan. 29. The University has also brought in Wesley Hamilton, a Black philanthropist and bodybuilder, as its keynote speaker for the monthlong celebration.
Despite most events being offered virtually due to COVID-19, there are still more than 20 opportunities to celebrate Black History Month with the CSU community.
‘Real Talk’ series
The Real Talk series features speakers addressing everything from being proud of your culture to navigating college relationships as a Black student. There is a new installment in the series each Tuesday in February. To join the discussions visit this link. All sessions begin at 4 p.m.
- Feb. 2: I’m Black & I’m Proud
- Feb. 9: What is Love?: Black College Relationships
- Feb. 16: Black Activism: Where are YOU?
- Feb. 23: We Are ONE: Collaboration with African’s United and Black Student Alliance
Keynote speaker: Wesley Hamilton
Wesley Hamilton is this year’s Black History Month keynote speaker. Hamilton suffered a spinal injury from a gunshot wound in 2012 and has since founded Disabled But Not Really to promote physical and mental wellness within the disabled community, according to his website. Hamilton is a father, competes as an adaptive bodybuilder and was featured on season four of Netflix’s “Queer Eye.”
Hamilton will speak to the community virtually on Feb. 17 at 6 p.m. Visit the CSU Black History Month page for the link closer to the talk, and for links to other noted events.
Aspen Grille luncheon
All day Feb. 11 and 12 the Aspen Grille, located in CSU’s Lory Student Center, will serve a southern-style meal featuring fried catfish, pulled chicken, rum cake and more during its soul food takeover. For more information about ordering for dine-in or takeout, call the Aspen Grille at 970-491-7006.
‘Being Black &’ series
This series, which features speakers talking about what it is like to be Black in different areas of everyday life, takes place on virtually every Thursday in February. Access all sessions using this link.
- Feb. 4: Being Black & Educated
- Feb. 11: Being Black & Religious
- Feb. 18: Being Black & a Young Adult/Professional
- Feb. 25: Being Black & African/Islander
NPHC week – Meet the Greeks
The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) is comprised of historically Black fraternities and sororities. From Feb. 7-13, different Greek organizations will showcase their organizations. Follow along throughout the week with CSU’s NPHC chapter on Instagram at @nphccolostate.
Black faculty/staff and student luncheon
On Feb. 3, Black students and CSU employees are invited to a luncheon to celebrate their culture and heritage. For those wishing to attend the luncheon virtually, visit this link. The luncheon is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
From Generation to Generation – the Role of Spirituality in the Struggle for Justice
Arrison Stanfeild and Pastor Williams of Abyssinian Christian Church will speak about their experiences with spirituality and fighting for justice. Tune in at this link on Feb. 21 at 3 p.m..
Bachata Nights in partnership with El Centro and the Pride Resource Center
Registration for the two Bachata nights will be available later in the month. Bachata is a genre of Latin American music and dance with roots in the Dominican Republic. Visit CSU’s Black History Month page for registration information.
- Feb. 23, 6:30 – 7:45 p.m.
- Feb 24, 6:30 – 7:45 p.m.
Africans United & Black Student Alliance Present: Africa Night
On Feb. 27, Africans United and CSU’s Black Student Alliance will host Africa Night on Instagram Live. The clubs are inviting people to display their talents, anything from dancing to poetry. To watch the event, visit @africansunitedcsu on Instagram from 6-9 p.m.
United Women of Color Presents: The Hair Show
The last event in CSU’s Black History Month celebration is The Hair Show. It will take place Feb. 28 at 5 p.m. and more information will be available closer to the show on CSU’s Black History Month site.
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